Peter de Beyer – Stud Owner

Peter has had a keen interest in horseracing since childhood, in common with his parents and other family members. Prior to establishing Black Swan Stud, he started breeding in a small way in 1999, boarding mares at Normandy Stud and at Arc en Ciel Stud.

Initially an owner breeder, Peter made a gradual transition to commercial breeding, and today the full production of the stud is consigned.

The majority of mares were originally bought and raced by Peter, in line with the strategy applied over a number of years of buying yearling fillies with good pedigrees, and then breeding with those that performed well on the track.

Peter worked for many years in the financial services industry, and in addition to his racing and breeding interests, is now a non-executive director on the boards of some JSE listed companies, and is an active private investor. 

Peter has been married to Renee since 1983, and they have three adult children, Jennifer, Paul and Leigh. While none of the family are particularly interested in racing , they are a close familiy and are very supportive of his passion for the sport, Leigh is also an accomplished horserider.

Walter Cowe – Stud Manager

Growing up in Scotland in a family steeped in horses, it was inevitable that Walter Cowe would spend his life in the fast lane of the breeding industry.

Among the numerous outstanding performers to have passed through Walter’s hands are the 2,000 Guineas winner Footsteps In the Sand; Poule d’Essai des Pouliches heroine Rose Gypsy; the Coronation Stakes winners Balisada and Rebecca Sharp; and the pony-sized Inchmurrin, who founded a dynasty that is still thriving in the UK.

Having run his own successful boarding farm in Newmarket, he was involved there with the South African mares Val De Ra and Dance With The Devil, which gave him a taste for the breeding industry here. His wife has been breeding here for a few years.

With an enviable record of working with outstanding mares and preparing top yearlings for their date in the sales ring already on his CV, Walter is eagerly anticipating making Black Swan Stud a name as a top-flight consignor as well as a top owner/breeder operation.

“I’m lucky enough to have worked for Lord Howard de Walden, Lord Derby, Cheveley Park and at Newsells Park, as well as for Sir Philip and Anthony Oppenheimer.” he says. “It was a huge decision to leave the UK and for the first few weeks after I decided to leave I was thinking “have I done the right thing”? But I’m really looking forward to being here and making it a success.”